'''Andy Iona''' (born '''Andrew Aiona Long''', January 1, 1902 – November 9, 1966) was an United States|American
musician and one of Hawaii
's most influential musicians. He was a composer
, Conductor (music)|conductor
, and steel guitar
He went to the Kamehameha Schools|Kamehameha School for Boys
. He was also educated at Henri Berger
's Private School of Music in Honolulu.
He was a member of the radio station KHS staff orchestra. He went on to form his own group called '''Andy Iona and his Islanders,''' which mixed traditional Hawaiian melodies with American Swing music|swing
; the band appeared in films, hotels, and theatres, and on records. He composed songs for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
after joining in 1940, and recorded the music for two Soundies
in 1941. Long toured with Sonja Henie
for 12 years.
He married Leimomi...